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Rockets’ James Harden is first player since Kobe Bryant with 200 points over 4 games

James Harden, Kobe Bryant

James Harden of the Houston Rockets became the first player since Kobe Bryant with 200 points in a four-game span.

Per Justin Kubatko of Statmuse, Bryant achieved the feat in March 2007.

Harden, for his part, duplicated The Black Mamba’s feat in their 121-93 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. The reigning MVP had 37 points, bringing his four-game total to exactly 200 points. He started piling up the points with a 57-point outburst in their 112-94 win over the Memphis Grizzlies, then a 58-point explosion in a 142-145 loss to the Brooklyn Nets, followed by a 48-point performance in a 138-134 win over the Los Angeles Lakers.

In those games, Harden knocked down at least five 3-pointers per game. Their win over the Lakers was his high-mark, where he nailed 8-of-19 from downtown. In addition, 57 of his 200 points came from the free throw line. Harden’s recent performance also marks his 20th consecutive game with at least 30 points.

It’s a scoring effort that Harden had to exert. The Rockets have been missing the services of point guard Chris Paul, who’s been out due to a hamstring injury. Thanks to Harden, the Rockets have managed to remain safely within the playoff picture with a 26-20 record, which, as of this writing, is in fifth place in the tough Western Conference.